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Liebler, Mitchell Lead Carolinas Mid-Am

First Round Results


DATAW ISLAND, S.C. (April 15, 2016) -- First round results of the 36th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship held on Dataw Island Club's Cotton Dike Course in Dataw Island, S.C. on Friday, April 15, 2016. Par 36-36--72, 6,659 yards (Course Rating: 72.6/136).

57-year-old Steve Liebler of Irmo, S.C.
holds a share of the first round lead.

The 6,659 yard, par-72 course showed its teeth as rain and wind gusts exceeded 30 mph on the day. Dataw Island Club member Patrick Mitchell of Beaufort, S.C. posted three-under-par 69 for a share of the first round lead.

"I just hit fairways,"  recounted the 33-year-old Mitchell, who only missed four on the day. After an opening bogey on the short first hole, he said the key to his round came when his tee shot landed in the marsh on the par-4 6th. Chipping out, he was able to get up and down to avoid another bogey. 

Mitchell's goal entering the first round was to shoot even par. With a 20-day-old baby boy at home, he has not had much time for practice. "I am very surprised and happy to be where I am after the first day," Mitchell said with a smile.

Co-leader Steve Liebler of Irmo, S.C. bested the wind to hit Cotton Dike's greens.  "I wasn't driving the ball that well today, but I hit 16 greens, so I gave myself a lot of birdie chances," said the 57-year-old who won this event in 2010. "[That year] I beat Paul Simson, also Scott Harvey was coming onto the amateur scene ... whenever you win a major championship of the biggest golf association in the country it means a lot."

On Friday both Liebler and Mitchell made five birdies and two bogeys. The way they entered into the championship was different. Mitchell earned his way to the championship through a qualifier run by host site Dataw Island Club. Liebler was exempt from qualifying by virtue of his 2010 Carolinas Mid-Amateur win and his run to the semi-finals of last year's U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

Two-time Carolinas Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C. made Friday's highlight reel by holing for eagle from 94 yards on Cotton Dike's first hole. Mixing two birdies with four bogeys puts Harvey at even par, three shots off the leaders. Defending champion Sherrill Britt of West End, N.C. is T-20 at three-over-par 75.

The second round will begin at 8:00am from the 1st and 10th tees. Tee times & Pairings

The Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship format is 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male golfer who has reached his 30th birthday by April 15, 2016, is a legal resident of North or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a member club that does not exceed 7.4.

First round results
Dataw Island Club (Cotton Dike)
April 15, 2016

Place   Competitor   Score
T1   Steve Liebler, Irmo, S.C.     35-34--69  (-3)
T1   Patrick Mitchell, Beaufort, S.C.     35-34--69  (-3)
T3   Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.   34-37--71  (-1)
T3   Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C.     35-36--71  (-1)
T3   Robert Lutomski, Mauldin, S.C.     37-34--71  (-1)
T6   Scott Patnode, Belmont, N.C.     35-37--72  (Even)
T6   Scott Harvey, Kernersville , N.C.     36-36--72  (Even)
T6   Roy Hunter, Pawleys Island, S.C.   35-37--72  (Even)
T6   Michael Caprio, Greer, S.C.     36-36--72  (Even)
T10   Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.     34-39--73  (+1)
T10   Walker Taylor IV, Wilmington, N.C.   37-36--73  (+1)
T12   Josh Branyon, Honea Path, S.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T12   Jeremy Hooks, Raleigh, N.C.     34-40--74  (+2)
T12   Phil Miller, China Grove, N.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T12   Rion Moore, Georgetown, S.C.     35-39--74  (+2)
T12   Keith Kepley, Charlotte, N.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T12   Matt OQuinn, Beaufort, S.C.     40-34--74  (+2)
T12   Ed Byman, Raleigh, N.C.     34-40--74  (+2)
T12   Anthony Scott, Fayetteville, N.C.   36-38--74  (+2)
T20   Todd Hendley, Greer, S.C.     38-37--75  (+3)
T20   Scott Burnett, Matthews, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T20   Mark Absher, Winston Salem, N.C.   35-40--75  (+3)
T20   Paul Clark, Charlotte, N.C.     34-41--75  (+3)
T20   Ron Kirkpatrick, Charlotte, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T20   Dale Ring, Carthage, N.C.     39-36--75  (+3)
T20   Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.     38-37--75  (+3)
T20   Lionel Sutton, La Grange, N.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T20   Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.     38-37--75  (+3)
T20   Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C.   34-41--75  (+3)
T20   Rob Simmons, Beaufort, S.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T20   Brad Clark, Chapel Hill, N.C.     39-36--75  (+3)
T20   Andrew Morgan, China Grove, N.C.   38-37--75  (+3)
T20   Banks Wood Jr., Charlotte, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T20   Reid Clark, Raleigh, N.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T35   Geno Berchiatti, Greenville, S.C.     39-37--76  (+4)
T35   Mark Nieters, Clemmons, N.C.     36-40--76  (+4)
T35   Benji Gecy, Cat island, S.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T35   Sean McAvoy, Johns Island, S.C.   36-40--76  (+4)
T35   Ashley Fuquay, Greensboro, N.C.   37-39--76  (+4)
T40   Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T40   Ken Bass, Pinehurst, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T40   Daniel Jackson, Matthews, N.C.     38-39--77  (+5)
T40   Gary Robinson, Fayetteville, N.C.   36-41--77  (+5)
T40   Richard Lee, Charlotte, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T40   Bill Reduzzi, Raleigh, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T40   Robert Hukill III, Raleigh, N.C.     38-39--77  (+5)
T40   Blair Bowland, Burlington, N.C.     36-41--77  (+5)
T40   Jonathan Mackey, Pawleys Island, S.C.   39-38--77  (+5)
T40   Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C.     36-41--77  (+5)
T40   Parks Price, Calabash , N.C.     42-35--77  (+5)
T40   Chad Quinn, Durham, N.C.     38-39--77  (+5)
T40   Matt Torri, Durham, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T40   Chris Williams, Mt Pleasant, N.C.   33-44--77  (+5)
T54   Dean Channell, Cary, N.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T54   Doug Ramey, Greer, S.C.     40-38--78  (+6)
T54   Bern Gregory, Mooresville, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T54   Jd Hoft, Bluffton, S.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T54   Kevin Womack, Burlington, N.C.     36-42--78  (+6)
T54   Eric Ardery, Durham, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T54   Terry Lanning, Beaufort, S.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T54   Bob Ferrel Jr, Durham, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T54   Brad Deal, Mebane, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T63   Kenny Flynn, Winston Salem, N.C.   39-40--79  (+7)
T63   Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C.   38-41--79  (+7)
T65   Chris Womack, Greensboro, N.C.   39-41--80  (+8)
T65   Yancey Johnson, Simpsonville, S.C.   42-38--80  (+8)
T65   John O'Brien, Columbia, S.C.     39-41--80  (+8)
T65   Scott Neely, Pfafftown, N.C.     40-40--80  (+8)
T65   Patrick Cummings, Wilmington, N.C.   40-40--80  (+8)
T65   Tim Schisler, Nags Head, N.C.     39-41--80  (+8)
T65   Peter Burns, Charlotte, N.C.     40-40--80  (+8)
T65   Dan Constantino, Greenville, S.C.   42-38--80  (+8)
T65   Lee Forbis, Aberdeen, N.C.     42-38--80  (+8)
T65   Brooks Roberts, Greensboro, N.C.   40-40--80  (+8)
T75   Marais Lombard, Charlotte, N.C.     38-43--81  (+9)
T75   Brian Westveer, Charlotte, N.C.     40-41--81  (+9)
T75   Casey Smith, Abbeville, S.C.     42-39--81  (+9)
T75   Jody Roach, Cornelius, N.C.     39-42--81  (+9)
T75   Kevin Atamian, Raleigh, N.C.     40-41--81  (+9)
T75   Chad Frye, Davidson, N.C.     40-41--81  (+9)
T75   Eric Royster, Stem, N.C.     44-37--81  (+9)
T75   Micah Helms, Advance, N.C.     38-43--81  (+9)
T75   Bryan Belter, Winston-Salem, N.C.   39-42--81  (+9)
T75   Michael Neece, Gastonia, N.C.     37-44--81  (+9)
T85   Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.     41-41--82  (+10)
T85   Stuart Augustine, Fayetteville, N.C.   40-42--82  (+10)
T85   Wayne Pyrtle, Burlington, N.C.     40-42--82  (+10)
T85   Brad Dawson, Mebane, N.C.     39-43--82  (+10)
T85   Matt Pettis, Raleigh, N.C.     41-41--82  (+10)
T85   John Berger, Charlotte, N.C.     40-42--82  (+10)
T85   Kenny Bieschke, Bluffton, S.C.     41-41--82  (+10)
T92   John Nieters, Clemmons, N.C.     38-45--83  (+11)
T92   Kevin Rodriguez, Fayetteville, N.C.   40-43--83  (+11)
T92   Dean Nance, Greenville, S.C.     44-39--83  (+11)
T92   Mike Bradshaw, Morehead City, N.C.   38-45--83  (+11)
T96   Ryan Clapp, Raleigh, N.C.     40-44--84  (+12)
T96   Francis McCahill IV, Fayetteville, N.C.   41-43--84  (+12)
T96   Robert Stiokas, Charlotte, N.C.     41-43--84  (+12)
T96   Steve Patterson, Charlotte, N.C.     41-43--84  (+12)
T96   Scott Kubic, Raleigh, N.C.     39-45--84  (+12)
T101   Roger O'Connell, Davidson, N.C.     42-43--85  (+13)
T101   Brandon Belisle, Wilmington, N.C.   41-44--85  (+13)
T101   Joe Brooks, Franklin , N.C.     43-42--85  (+13)
T104   Jeff Manley, Raleigh, N.C.     42-44--86  (+14)
T104   David Brown, Conover, N.C.     43-43--86  (+14)
T104   Jim Young, Charleston, S.C.     42-44--86  (+14)
T104   Chuck Hinners, Dataw Island, S.C.   45-41--86  (+14)
108   Morris Marshburn, Vass, N.C.     42-45--87  (+15)
T109   Dean Ward, Graham, N.C.     46-42--88  (+16)
T109   Bill German, Goldsboro, N.C.     43-45--88  (+16)
T109   Gabe Maughan, Wendell, N.C.     41-47--88  (+16)
T112   Mark Kozel, Chapel Hill , N.C.     47-44--91  (+19)
T112   Mike Alexander, Raleigh, N.C.     48-43--91  (+19)
T112   Michael Oliverio, Charlotte, N.C.     43-48--91  (+19)
115   Kenneth Hall, Tega Cay, S.C.     50-43--93  (+21)

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About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

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